In Memoriam

Sister Anita Chiappetta(1942-2022)

I take great pride in our Congregation and am grateful for all it has, and still stands for, and all it has afforded me. It is a privilege to have been called to it and to participate in its life and growth.
I hope to grow in age and wisdom with grace, to pay attention to what is really important, to share the boundless gifts I have received and be patient with myself as I more and more let go – of things and places and what would separate me from the love of God.

This passage is how Sister Anita Chiappetta ended her autobiography, written in 2014 during the many years she served the Dominican Midwest Chapter as its administrative assistant.
Sister Anita was born on December 13, 1942, in Chicago. Her birthday fell on the Feast of St. Lucy, a saint to whom the family was particularly devoted since Anita’s paternal grandmother suffered from an eye disease. Hence, Anita was given the middle name of Lucile.
Her father, Vincent, was born in the U.S. of Italian immigrants, but when he was eight months old the family returned to their homeland because of his mother’s health. They came back to America when he was sixteen and settled in the Grand Crossing area of Chicago’s South Side. As it so happened, the Cavoto family and their young daughter Mary lived nearby, and at some point, Vincent and Mary – who were eleven years apart in age – met. The couple married in 1937, when Vincent was twenty-nine and Mary was eighteen.

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